Yunnan Mao Feng Green

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Apricot, Asparagus, Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Vegetal, Astringent, Biting, Citrusy, Corn Husk, Cream, Grass, Hay, Mango, Mineral, Peach, Rose, Violet
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “I’ve been busy, so this tea has sat largely neglected in my cupboard. I decided it’s finally time to start drinking down my stash or I’ll end up having to throw tea out because it’s so old....” Read full tasting note
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  • “Continuing my plow-through of Verdant offerings, I came to this green tea that I totally forgot I still had. I recall buying this one right before it went out of stock, but apparently ended up...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Quick review before work! I’ve now tried this tea twice. I measure out about 5g of leaf, and then do subsequent steepings in 8oz of 175F water for 30sec, 45sec, and 1min (I can’t drink more than 3...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

Yunnan Mao Feng is picked in the very early spring from large buds and delicately finished for a sweet, crisp and aromatic experience packed with the mineral rich texture that makes Yunnan tea so unique. The fine down on Yunnan Mao Feng green yields a thick brew and a long aftertaste.

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I’ve been busy, so this tea has sat largely neglected in my cupboard. I decided it’s finally time to start drinking down my stash or I’ll end up having to throw tea out because it’s so old. Blasphemy at the mere thought!

I went a little heavy on the leaf and steep time since this is two years old, which is probably around the end of its shelf life. Sadly, the leaves only had one good infusion in them. But I was not disappointed! The second I tasted this naturally sweet tea, I sighed with contentment. “Oh my god, yeah.” This is my kind of green tea.

The tea liquor is very pale, nearly clear. The taste is mainly fruity and floral with a vegetal finish. I get notes of apricot followed by honeysuckle and finally asparagus. It almost tastes like a cross between silver needle and tie guan yin. It’s more vegetal than white tea but lighter than oolong. This is my perfect green tea! I’m so glad I made time to enjoy it.

Flavors: Apricot, Asparagus, Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Continuing my plow-through of Verdant offerings, I came to this green tea that I totally forgot I still had. I recall buying this one right before it went out of stock, but apparently ended up stashing it away and forgetting about it until last week. When I first tried it, I wasn’t impressed and feared that it was losing its character, so I ended up trying to rejuvenate it a bit. I did this by transferring the tea from a sealed bag to a metal tea canister that I then tucked into the back of one of the tea cabinets. I live in an old, drafty house in a very humid environment with variable daily temperatures and have found that sometimes when I switch tea from a tightly sealed container to a loosely sealed container, the exposure to minute amounts of air and humidity cause seemingly faded or slumbering teas to open up once more. Fortunately, that little experiment worked here.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. In my medicated state, I ended up not rinsing for some reason. Oh well. At least the medication seems to be reducing some of the congestion and inflammation. I started off by steeping 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 175 F water for 10 seconds. I followed this up with infusions of 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.

Prior to the first infusion, the dry leaf aroma was very fruity and floral. To me, it resembled a mixture of elderflower, tangerine, and lemon zest, though I could also detect a little corn husk and hay. After the first infusion, I detected stronger, more balanced aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, corn husk, elderflower, and hay underscored by grass and cream. In the mouth, the tea offered strong notes of elderflower, lemon zest, corn husk, grass, hay, and tangerine balanced by subtle creaminess before a fruity, floral, and slightly astringent finish. Subsequent infusions brought out undertones of napa cabbage, mango, peach, rose, and violet. Oddly, the finish did not soften, remaining somewhat astringent and biting throughout. Later infusions were more subdued, but were still relatively bright, floral, and citrusy with grassy, vegetal undertones and a hint of minerals.

This did not strike me as being a bad tea, but it also was not the sort of green tea I typically enjoy. As Chinese green teas go, it was a little too astringent for my liking. This quality was most likely the result of a substantial number of broken leaves included amongst the whole leaves. Even though I could see a number of similarities between this tea and Xingyang’s Yunnan Strand Green Tea (an offering I greatly enjoyed), this tea was less balanced, more forceful in character, and less approachable. I could see those who are looking for a fruity and/or floral green tea digging this one, but to me, it was a little much. Overall, it came off as commendable in certain respects and flawed in others.

Flavors: Astringent, Biting, Citrusy, Corn Husk, Cream, Floral, Grass, Hay, Mango, Mineral, Peach, Rose, Vegetal, Violet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Quick review before work!

I’ve now tried this tea twice. I measure out about 5g of leaf, and then do subsequent steepings in 8oz of 175F water for 30sec, 45sec, and 1min (I can’t drink more than 3 cups in 1 day). Verdant tea’s website says this is “very vegetal”, but also fruity and floral. To me, when I opened up the bag I could have sworn this was white tea because of the longggg leaves and the down on them. The tastes I pick up are very floral and a bit fruity in the 2nd steep, but the vegetal taste is only slightly present and even then putters out after the 1st steep. Floral is definitely the most prominent taste, and it’s without astringency.

If floral greens are for you, or if you like white teas, give this one a try. I do like this tea, but am a bit disappointed with the lack of veggie taste. Still no problem drinking this one up though ;)

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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